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6:19 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Contraception Fight Heading To House Floor

House Speaker William O'Brien's bill to allow any employer with a religious objection to exclude contraception coverage from employee health plans draws fire from Democrats and leaves GOP Gubernatorial hopefuls leery.

Democrats’ problems with this bill are by far the more pronounced. Gubernatorial hopeful Jackie Cilley, for instance, has urged supporters to “take to the streets” over the issue. Fellow candidate Maggie Hassan, meanwhile, took to the statehouse for a morning press conference.

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Health
5:29 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Insurance Mandate for Midwifery Service

Birth Cottage in Milford
Sheryl Rich-Kern

Out-of-hospital births in New Hampshire are on the rise, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

That increase is in large part, because of a 2008 law that requires health insurers to pay for midwives who work in homes or at birthing centers.

But a new bill before lawmakers proposes repealing that mandate.

And midwives are worried what that means for their livelihoods.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Homelessness Numbers Fall for First Time in a Decade

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that homelessness has dropped by 3 percent since last year.

The numbers are from an annual one-day count on January 25th that targeted welfare offices, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations. According to Maureen Ryan of the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, it’s the first time in a decade that homelessness has fallen in New Hampshire. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

A Web With No Off-Button

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Vents in Egypt and Tunisia prove that although the internet can’t be destroyed per se, it can be more or less “turned off” – a fact that has some digital-rights activists questioning the centralized, top-down organization of internet service providers.  Julian Dibbell is a tech journalist and author of The Shadow Web, an article in the March issue of Scientific American outlining growing efforts to provi

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:21 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

The old social networks...

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"Mesh networks" are set up the way the original internet was envisioned to work – users hosting and transmitting as individuals, rather than using centralized networks. Back then, users also communicated differently with each other – on platforms with funky names like IRC and NNTP. Those systems live on today.

A select few are choosing to bypass Facebook and go old-school, with an online forum that lacks pop-up ads and animated banners, where there’s no double-clicking, no need for a mouse, and no graphics…

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:13 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Technology's Missing Links

If you’re into tech I’m sure you’ve heard the joke about Apple’s iPad – not since Moses has the world been this excited about a tablet. Truth be told, the iPad’s iconic features didn’t drop from the sky into Steve Jobs’ hands – if anything, tech development is a lot more like evolutionary biology – and if you look beneath our latest and greatest gadgets, you’ll find evidence of that evolutionary process – products that were born of good ideas, but didn’t quite make the cut.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Mayor Gatsas Says He'll Declare Gubernatorial Intentions by June

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas still won’t say if he has decided whether or not to run for Governor of New Hampshire. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

The Refugee Resettlement Debate Continues

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We continue our series on New Hampshire immigration by looking at the proposed refugee moratorium in Manchester. The moratorium would temporarily stop the city of Manchester from accepting new refugees. Meanwhile a recent bill in the statehouse would allow communities throughout the state to establish moratoria. The supporters claim that a moratorium will allow the state to better serve the current refugees, but the bill leaves some wondering if closing the doors to refugees is the best answer.

Guests:    

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NH News
10:11 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Court Orders HHS to Assess Medicaid Cuts

Hospitals hope a recent federal court ruling forces New Hampshire to spend more money on Medicaid services.

A federal judge has given the state 15 days to meet with interested parties over cuts made to the Medicaid program in 2008.

The court ruled the Department of Health and Human Services failed to measure how Medicaid cuts would affect services, a violation of federal law.

10 New Hampshire hospitals argue rates are now so low they’ve had to cut care for the poor.

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NH News
10:06 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Failing Grade Given in Mental Health Update

Mental Healthcare providers say New Hampshire is failing to meet critical targets in the 10-year improvement plan.

They say  most signs point to a crumbling infrastructure.

Since 2008, when the 10-year plan was adopted, mental health services have slipped....and then some.

At least that’s how the state’s 10 community mental health centers put it in a recent update they've published on the plan.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:44 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion

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As the journalism world continues to grow and change, media companies are constantly brainstorming ways to find the next best revenue stream, while still trying to maintain integrity.  Some experts say journalists could help the cause by building their own personal brand outside of the institutions they work for.  It’s a concept that has caused lots of discussion, and some controversy, among journalists across the internet.  Owen Youngman is a journalism professor at the Medill School at Northwestern University who teaches and

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Embedded with the Reenactors

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Who are the "brave" men and women who volunteer for active duty in reenacted wars? I spoke with Nick 
Kowalczyk, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College and war correspondant...of sorts. He covered a re-enactment of the Siege of Niagara, a battle from the French and Indian War, for Salon. 

 

 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Legislature vs Judiciary

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We talk about the balance of power in New Hampshire government.  A number of bills have appeared in the state legislature that would seek to constrain the judiciary; from eliminating the state supreme court to avoiding constitutional review of laws. Today we investigate the friction between the legislative and judicial branches of our state government.

Guests:

David Campbell: Democratic State Representative from Nashua

Brandon Guida: Republican State Representative  from Chichester

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Westinghouse Faces Fines for Alleged Worker Safety Violations

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A Westinghouse plant in Newington New Hampshire is facing $82,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Westinghouse Electric for allegedly exposing workers to hexavalent chromium at its stainless steel component manufacturing facility in Newington.

In response to a complaint, an OSHA inspection found that employees performing welding work were exposed to airborne concentrations of the carcinogen in excess of permissible limits.

Hexavalent chromium can cause damage to eyes and skin upon contact.

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Health
2:04 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Medicaid Grant Money To Help Home Based Services

New Hampshire will be the first state in the country to receive new Medicaid grant money to help seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes.

The state will receive $26.5 million over three years through the Affordable Care Act.

The goal is to help states shift from institutional care to home and community-based services.

In 2009, 41 percent of New Hampshire’s Medicaid money was spent on community-based services.

That will increase to 47 percent in 2013 with the new grant money. 

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